Do People Care About Social Context? Framing Effects in Dictator Games

54 Pages Posted: 14 Sep 2011 Last revised: 13 Jun 2012

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Anna Dreber

Stockholm School of Economics - Department of Economics

Tore Ellingsen

Stockholm School of Economics - Department of Economics; Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) - Department of Economics

Magnus Johannesson

Stockholm School of Economics - Department of Economics

David G. Rand

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Date Written: May 17, 2012

Abstract

Many previous experiments document that behavior in multi-person settings responds to the name of the game and the labeling of strategies. Usually these studies cannot tell whether frames affect preferences or beliefs. In this Dictator game study, we investigate whether social framing effects are also present when only one of the subjects makes a decision, in which case the frame may only affect preferences. We find that behavior is insensitive to social framing.

Keywords: preferences, beliefs, altruism, cooperation, framing effects

JEL Classification: C70, C91, D03, D64

Suggested Citation

Dreber, Anna and Ellingsen, Tore and Johannesson, Magnus and Rand, David G., Do People Care About Social Context? Framing Effects in Dictator Games (May 17, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1927343 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1927343

Anna Dreber

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Tore Ellingsen

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